beyondblue is the national depression initiative, a bipartisan initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments with a key goal of raising community awareness about depression and reducing stigma associated with the illness. The website includes information about depression and anxiety, treatments, assistance with staying well, frequently asked questions and links to other sites. There is a section on Depression and Suicide.
The Black Dog Institute is an educational, research and clinical facility offering specialist expertise in mood disorders — a range of disorders that includes depression and Bipolar Disorder. Its website includes information for clinicians as well as for the community. There are sections on causes, treatments, getting help, fact sheets and frequently asked questions and answers.
Produced by the Centre for Mental Health Research (CMHR) at the Australian National University (ANU), this site provides information about depression for consumers, including symptoms, treatment and resources.
Connecting Up is a community organisation who supports the community organisation sector across Australia to strategise and operate more effectively. A sector 700,000 strong. Our focus is capacity development.
GriefLink is a resource on death-related grief for the community and professionals. As the site is based in South Australia some information about support services and educational activities is specific to that State.
Has specific site – “Resources for Grief Associated with Suicide”
The Human Services Finder is an initiative of the former Department of Human Services (South Australia) and is now administered by the Department of Health. It was developed in response to an identified need for people to have access to information about all human services in South Australia in one accessible, up-to-date place.
Just ask is Lifeline’s rural mental health information service. It is an Australia-wide service provided by Lifeline South Coast.
Just Ask provides information and referral for people with mental health problems, and to friends, relatives and others who want to know how to help. Lists relevant local services, as well as books and web sites.
NB: The site provides excellent self-help information sheets on a range of areas under the “How can we help: Tool Kit” link. These include:
- Tool kit for helping someone at risk of suicide
- Tool kit for Beating the Blues
- Tool kit for Beating Panic Attacks
- Tool kit for Carers
- Aboriginal Suicide Prevention Information.
Lifeline is committed to enhancing the well being of the community through the provision of services, the core of which is a 24-hour crisis telephone counselling service. Its website also includes information about suicide prevention workshops.
LivingWorks provides learning programs that help caregivers play a role in preventing suicide. LivingWorks focuses on increasing the awareness, knowledge and skills of caregivers – resourcing them to play a more informed, active suicide prevention role.
The Mental Illness Fellowship SA is a non-government umbrella organisation of mental health support organisations sponsored by the Government of South Australia for the people of South Australia.
The Mental Illness Fellowship SA aims to assist all sections of the community by providing information and assistance to:
- Relatives and Friends
- The General Public.
“Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria provides accurate, current information that is both human and clinically useful. Our approach helps family and people affected by mental illness to understand the issues and formulate plans. Our mission is to work with people with mental illness, their families and friends to improve their well being.”
The site provides information on mental illness, education and services.
MMHA provides national leadership in mental health and suicide prevention for Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. MMHA links a wide range of state and territory mental health specialists and services, advocacy groups and tertiary institutions to promote the mental health and well being of Australia’s diverse communities.
National Prescribing Service is a member-based organisation providing accurate, balanced, evidence-based information and services to health professionals and the community on Quality Use of Medicines (QUM). National Prescribing Service works in partnership with GPs, pharmacists, specialists, other health professionals, Government, pharmaceutical industry, consumer organisations and the community. The site is independent, non-profit and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
SANE Australia is an independent national charity helping people affected by mental illness through campaigning, education and research.
SANE conducts innovative programs and campaigns to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, their family and friends. It also operates a busy Helpline and website.
This line is staffed by qualified, professional counsellors. The SHL CBS operates seven days per week between 10:00 am and 8:30 pm. The service offers its clients up to six 45 minute telephone counselling sessions over the course of up to six weeks. SHL CBS counsellors provide professional support to:
- People at risk of suicide
- People bereaved by suicide
- People caring or concerned for someone at risk of suicide.
To be eligible to participate in this service, clients must be considered geographically, socially or psychologically isolated. To access the SHL CBS, call the beyondblue Info Line on 1300 22 46 36 (24hrs) or visit the beyondblue website.
Suicide Prevention Australia is a non-profit, non-government organisation working as a public health advocate in suicide prevention. SPA is the only national umbrella body active in suicide prevention throughout Australia, promoting:
- Community awareness and advocacy
- Collaboration and partnerships between communities, practitioners, research and industry
- Information access and sharing
- Local, regional and national forums, conferences and events.